Oct 142014
 

We’ve received the following news from Dungeness RSPB:

NEWS 

Craig Edwards appointed warden of RSPB Dungeness

Congratulations to Craig who has been appointed the new warden of RSPB Dungeness. Craig has been the assistant warden at Dungeness for the past 3 years and has been temporarily filling in the vacant roll since Natalie’s departure. We are all extremely happy for him and look forward to seeing the positive impact he will have on the reserve.

Liz Knowles has moved on

Liz Knowles our Visitor Experience Officer has now left Dungeness and started her new position as Visitor Experience Development Officer at the RSPB headquarters. Staff and visitors alike were all sad to see her leave, but we wish her all the best in her new position.

Winter work programme

The winter work programme has now started with work focusing on the removal of willow from the natural pits. The removal of the willow will increase the internationally important fen plant communities situated here. Part of the removed willow will then be used to create habitat piles to aid critically endangered slime moulds, which grow on the rotten branches. Great crested newts will also benefit from this work, as the removal of willow will help increase the water tables within the pits, it will also encourage emergent vegetation for them to shelter and breed in as well as removing shading which would otherwise perturb them 

Hide clearance

Our volunteer work parties have done a great job in clearing excess scrub and reed from in front of the viewing screen and hides, ensuring clear views of the wildlife for visitors. This has already proved fruitful with water rail sightings, amongst others, increasing. 

Boulderwall accommodation completed

Work has finished on the refurbishment of Boulderwall farmhouse, which houses our volunteer interns who recently moved in. A massive thank you to all the volunteers and staff that have helped and contributed to work done on the house. The house not only looks fantastic but also benefits the reserve as it presents the opportunity to offer an additional residential volunteering placement.

Additional note

On an additional note, we have received some fantastic news from Pagham Harbour, which reports that 12 little terns have successfully fledged late in the summer breeding season.  When added to the return of nesting little terns to one of the Medway Islands for the first time in a decade, this adds up to a hopeful year ahead for one of our iconic priority species.

WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS

Recent highlights include:

A cattle egret has been around this past week, offering some spectacular views from the boulderwall fields.

Great white egrets can still be seen daily, predominantly over in the ARC pit.

The glossy ibis is continuing to grace us with it’s presence and can usually be seen at Denge marsh or the ARC pit.

A variety of wading birds have been seen across the reserve, including little stint, curlew sandpiper and black-tailed godwits.

A range of wildfowl have been regularly recorded including red-crested pochard, pintails, garganey and black-necked grebes.

Small flocks of meadow pipits and yellow wagtails are commonly seen and heard flying around the reserve.

There are still a fair few dragonflies about, and many wildflowers are still showing well.

For full listings of our recent sightings, including dates and locations last seen, you can visit our Recent Sightings page at www.rspb.org.uk/dungeness

UPCOMING EVENTS

To book contact 01797 320 588 or dungeness@rspb.org.uk
Booking is essential for all events apart from free ‘drop-in’ events
RSPB members benefit from 20% discount on event prices
Children attending events must be accompanied by adults

Art in the Watchers’ Room – Stephen Message
Sunday 28th September – Saturday 15th November

Stephen Message takes inspiration from his local Romney Marsh area as well as his worldwide travels. His artistic career has brought commissions from numerous wildlife organisations, including the RSPB, for whom he has illustrated cards, calendars, and cover designs for the Handbook of British Birds. RSPB Dungeness is very pleased  to welcome Stephen back to exhibiting in the scenic Watchers’ Room gallery.

Art in the Watchers’ Room – David Featherbe
Sunday 16th November – Saturday 3rd January

David Featherbe is a Kent-based photographer who has been taking photographs for some thirty years. His images have appeared in Birdwatch, Bird Watching and RSPB Birds Magazines, plus WWT’s Waterlife and numerous digital photography publications. RSPB Dungeness is very pleased to welcome David back to the scenic Watchers’ Room gallery for this exhibition.

Winter Wildlife Walk
Wednesday 12 November and Wednesday 14 January

10am – 12pm

Price: RSPB members: £5. Non-members: £6

Join local birding expert Paul Trodd on a stroll around the trails to find out what birds and other wildlife are making their homes at Dungeness through the winter. Dungeness is the perfect home for many birds who have left their northern breeding spots for the winter.  It’s common to see huge flocks of ducks and geese here at this time of year.  You will especially be keeping your eyes peeled for smew, goldeneye, great white egrets, and maybe even a bittern! Beginners and more experienced wildlife watchers alike are very welcome.  We can also lend you binoculars and give you tips on using them if you don’t have any of your own.

 Posted by on 14 October 2014 at 3:02 pm

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